replication: the jason experiment by jill williamson

Not to give too much away, but Replication is a book about human cloning. Kinda obvious from the title and cover art so I feel relatively safe that the news isn’t a spoiler. 😉

In Replication, Martyr is a Jason clone who has spent all 17 years of his life in an underground facility. He’s never seen the sky and he never will because he’s about to expire when he turns 18, and his purpose for existing is complete. High school junior Abby Goyer is suspicious of her father’s new job at Jason Farms, located in a strange barn in the middle of nowhere, Alaska. When the two meet, the direction of both their lives change. But will they survive it?

Theme/Theology: God loves clones too

Abby believes in God but her father does not. Neither do the other scientists who have created Martyr and the other Jason clones. Abby believes strongly in God’s sovereignty—that he has a purpose in all he does and that ultimately it will be good for those who love Him and serve Him according to His purpose.

Martyr had never heard of God before Abby. Provided a Bible, he quickly recognizes truth in Scripture that many of us in church all our lives miss. How to love your enemy and do good to those who harm you.

Abby desperately wants her father to believe in God, but he’s too jaded from life and his worship of science.

Rating: PG-13

Replication is mostly  a clean read but there are some topics that may be too mature for younger readers: experimentation on humans, torture, and violence.

Social Issues:

Human cloning, human experimentation, God vs. science

While this book can stand alone, there are more cloning facilities than Jason Farms. I hope there is a sequel that will tell us more about them.

Have you read any good books on human cloning?

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4 thoughts on “replication: the jason experiment by jill williamson

  1. This book has been on my TBR list for a while. I placed a bug in hubby’s ear that I want an Amazon gift card for Mother’s Day. If so, I’ll have Replication on my Kindle by Memorial Day (unless I’ve read & archived it by then).

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  2. Is it me or are we starting to see more books on the subject lately? My daughter brought one home from school the other day (The Clone Codes) and I’ve been less than excited to read it to her every night. I don’t tend to like how that sort of subject is handled (kind of like the Star Trek “Is Data or the Hologram Doctor Alive” question). But you’ve made me intrigued with Replication because of the Christian angle. That’s the one aspect of the subject that’s always lacking so I’m interested to see how it’s addressed.

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